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    FWIW, and since it is sitting here on the...

    FWIW, and since it is sitting here on the workbench, I measured the angle between the rudder shaft and the top of my rudder, which fits correctly on my 71 E29.

    What to a casual glance appears to...
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    Throw a tiller into the mix and some people's...

    Throw a tiller into the mix and some people's brains just implode.

    Associated phenomenon: I've noticed that when approaching a group of people on the bike path, if you shout the traditional "On...
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    Anybody know how to say "Hard to Port! " in...

    Anybody know how to say "Hard to Port! " in German? 'Cause it sounded like that's what was shouted. But crew (tourists?) put the tiller to port instead.

    You know this is just what is happening...
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    Since the rudder tube is just tabbed to the hull...

    Since the rudder tube is just tabbed to the hull at one end and jammed into a deck plate at the other, I wonder how precise Ericson was at making that angle the same in every boat? Hard to tell with...
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    You'd think that alone would be enough to keep...

    You'd think that alone would be enough to keep people away...

    BITD when I worked at the Lazy-H Ranch, the Hanford Patrol helicopter ("Airwolf," of course) would often follow me as I rode my...
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    Thanks. Nice to see posts like this. Hmm......

    Thanks. Nice to see posts like this.

    Hmm... no "smilie" for "envy..."
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    Man, those Yachtworld photos show a lot of wood. ...

    Man, those Yachtworld photos show a lot of wood. Maybe enhanced a bit to make it look less dark? Possibly a good idea to look around for water damage. Something going on in the aft cabin?
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    That is the same one shown in my link above. If...

    That is the same one shown in my link above. If you shop around to the right vendor, you can buy it with an extra mounting bracket and relocate the whole thing to the cockpit in a jiffy.
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    There has been one listed on and off on Seattle...

    There has been one listed on and off on Seattle Craigslist for the last year or two. From the ad alone, looks like a pretty nice deal.

    This one? ...
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    Well, it was only 100 outside, but 105 inside the...

    Well, it was only 100 outside, but 105 inside the boat. Had to remove the batteries to get my shoulder in there. No fans.
    Pretty unusual to get this much heat this early in the season. The Roses...
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    Well that was ridiculously difficult. After...

    Well that was ridiculously difficult. After fighting the shaft log in 105į heat until I was exhausted, sweating, and bloody, I replaced the prop shaft with a piece of all-thread and used a nut and...
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    getting hosed

    Ah, the mail person just brought my new stuffing box hose! Here's a pic for comparison.
    Left to right. 3/4" packing gland. What Was On There Before. 1 1/4" Buck Algonquin hose. 1 1/2" Buck...
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    Perusal of my bill, OTOH, reveals that I am...

    Perusal of my bill, OTOH, reveals that I am paying a (ludicrous) set fee for power, water, and garbage. Metered use only kicks in if I exceed the quota. Which I don't, even with a heater plugged in...
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    Continuing to not answer the question... I found...

    Continuing to not answer the question... I found that switching to a smaller table did a lot to make the cabin (of my smaller boat) more habitable. At least for the situation where there is usually...
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    Here we go again

    It's Deja Vu all over again! I went through this six years ago but somehow forgot the details. Making detailed notes in the maintenance log now... :rolleyes:

    This old boat with 3/4" prop shaft,...
  16. Scratches head... But what if you have two...

    Scratches head... But what if you have two different appliances on opposite sides of the boat? Oh well. My boat probably isn't big enough to have non-proximate areas. I could probably reach the...
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    Dunno... the standpipe system is all hard...

    Dunno... the standpipe system is all hard connections. I was a bit concerned about a vibrating motor attached to a bolted-down muffler, so I added some rubber bumpers (appliance feet from the...
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    I'm trying to imagine getting a stiff exhaust...

    I'm trying to imagine getting a stiff exhaust hose to bend onto that outlet pipe in the few inches you'll have available under the quarter-berth... maybe. :confused:
    And will there still be room...
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    If I get your drift correctly, maybe a bit of old...

    If I get your drift correctly, maybe a bit of old bicycle inner tube? I usually save a few for that sort of thing. Maybe even rubber bands?

    BTW: Looking for creative uses for rubber bands. I...
  20. The pressure gauge can't tell you how much...

    The pressure gauge can't tell you how much propane is left because propane in your tank is stored as a liquid - only a small amount of it is in the vapor phase and more evaporates from the liquid as...
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    It's difficult to get a clear photo of the...

    It's difficult to get a clear photo of the original configuration, since the standpipe was concealed within a plywood baffle in the sail locker. Here's a couple of shots taken early in my ownership,...
  22. I'll add: Roll of quarters for marina showers....

    I'll add:

    Roll of quarters for marina showers.

    Heavy wetsuit, mask, and snorkel. If not for recreation then for clearing fouled lines out of the prop and rudder.

    Can you tell I'm only...
  23. A set of wrenches large enough to adjust the...

    A set of wrenches large enough to adjust the stuffing box nut. A wrench large enough to change propane tanks (if so equipped.). BTDT.

    What engine do you have?
  24. Ah yes, the one time I bought a new car (in 1990)...

    Ah yes, the one time I bought a new car (in 1990) I also bought a fancy stereo system for it. Separate crossover circuits were a big deal. Though I think that they are mostly built in to the amp...
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    It doesn't sound like the stock exhaust system. ...

    It doesn't sound like the stock exhaust system. All the ones I've seen or heard of had the standpipe exhaust as per the manual posted on this site. (I think it's the last page of the manual, IIRC.)...
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    Possible, but may require great patience: ...

    Possible, but may require great patience:

    Ericson 27 - number built 1250
    Ericson 28 - number built 90?
    Ericson 29 - number built 625?

    Although these numbers from sailboatdata might be...
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    Speaking of which, does anybody have a source for...

    Speaking of which, does anybody have a source for aluminum or manganese pencil anodes? It has become painfully obvious that zinc doesnít work for boats that mostly float in fresh water.

    I...
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    I thought I would be clever and install speakers...

    I thought I would be clever and install speakers in the holes that I had to cut in the liner to access deck hardware. But I couldn't figure any way to get decent speaker placement out of it.
  29. That many gadgets probably shouldn't hang off a...

    That many gadgets probably shouldn't hang off a tank connector. In fact, my regulators did come with wall-mounting brackets. The tank-mounted one that came with the boat failed early on.
    I'm still...
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    Dunno. Diesel return lines have been the usual...

    Dunno. Diesel return lines have been the usual suspects on my engines. Not sure if that's relevant to your boat.

    I have to admit to often neglecting to crawl into the nether regions and shut...
  31. My solar project is still in boxes in my...

    My solar project is still in boxes in my workshop. :esad: A few more steps in the overhauling-the-deck project before we get to that.

    My impression is that the "load" terminals on most...
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    A while back, someone pointed out that on your...

    A while back, someone pointed out that on your EPIRB beacon registration form and/or MMSI/Ship's Radio form there is a "comment" field. You can go on-line and edit that as much as you want with...
  33. Another consideration for those of us in the...

    Another consideration for those of us in the frozen north is that many pump-out stations get closed for the winter. Leaving waste in the tank (and hoses) for months at a time is NOT a good idea. ...
  34. Dunno...Ronco tanks that just didnít quite fit...

    Dunno...Ronco tanks that just didnít quite fit had been crammed into my boat by crudely enlarging hatch openings in the V-berth and Q-berth decks. The corners of the tanks protruded, but I suppose...
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    My current strategy: Purchase one new SOLAS...

    My current strategy: Purchase one new SOLAS parachute flare each spring. Shoot off one recently expired flare into the snow on NYE. Everything remains within specs and there are no massive...
  36. If some of your glass is thicker than the rest...

    If some of your glass is thicker than the rest (1/4Ē, which is more common these days, instead of 3/16Ē) then the standard gasket will never work. An all-caulk installation may be the only way to do...
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    Also obvious: Halyard wrapping around the top end?

    Also obvious: Halyard wrapping around the top end?
  38. Or save up your boat-bucks for a combination...

    Or save up your boat-bucks for a combination inverter-charger... Victron make a nice one that plays well with their other toys.
  39. I'd think, especially if you are putting lead...

    I'd think, especially if you are putting lead acid batteries in the salon, a closed battery box, vented to the outside is recommended. But you can probably fabricate one in place to fit your space. ...
  40. It's essentially the same location, but...

    It's essentially the same location, but everything is just smaller and closer-together on my boat. Alternatively, some people may be larger...
  41. I believe the sensor ought to be down near the...

    I believe the sensor ought to be down near the cabin sole level...

    Probably ought to be tested occasionally too.

    While I donít have a E35, and I installed the thing myself, (there was a hole...
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    Indeed, current requirements are for the main...

    Indeed, current requirements are for the main breaker to incorporate ELCI protection.
    https://www.westmarine.com/WestAdvisor/ELCI%20-GFCI-Electrical-Shock-Protection

    The manual for the E29...
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    As it happens, I dismounted my old Sony "Marine...

    As it happens, I dismounted my old Sony "Marine Stereo Speakers" today. Although they were only mounted inside the cabin, the cones are cracked and distorted and preparing to fall apart. :mad:...
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    There was a burned-up E35 in a salvage yard near...

    There was a burned-up E35 in a salvage yard near here last year. Spooky...
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    I use a bladder tank under the q-berth. Thing...

    I use a bladder tank under the q-berth. Thing is, it doesn't really conform to the shape of the locker it's in, unless maybe (?) you use an over-sized one and only partially fill it. As the bladder...
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    I got the cheapest, smallest Fusion stereo. ...

    I got the cheapest, smallest Fusion stereo. Happy with it so far. Mostly just play tunes from the iPhone through it. Cheaper in the long run than throwing away another Sony every year.
    It...
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    Dunno... how can you tell if there isnít a fault...

    Dunno... how can you tell if there isnít a fault somewhere down in the middle? Iíve got an old formerly-white one like that. Came to me with the boat. Works all winter to keep the boat from...
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    You are more likely to find schedule 80 valves...

    You are more likely to find schedule 80 valves like that at an irrigation supply shop than a big box hardware store. At least that's were I get em.
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    Um, no I run an environmental lab in my lab...

    Um, no I run an environmental lab in my lab building. Most of the time these days, I'm using those to measure octanol:water partition coefficients, but it's just general labware, really. The right...
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    I sorta thought that's what the bowl on the...

    I sorta thought that's what the bowl on the bottom of the Racor fuel filter was for? I put a valve at the bottom of the bowl so I can drain it off once in a while (dedicated tuna can stashed nearby...
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